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Employers use group activities, generally during assessment centres, to assess your interpersonal communication skills. Quite simply they need to know that you can mix well with people. You may have to complete a practical task, complete a case study or take part in a discussion. Some employers will use a social event or activity to observe your behaviour.
Be aware that you are being assessed from the moment they meet you. Be well versed on the organisation, its sector and current affairs. Have interesting questions to ask of the organisation’s representatives. Avoid the temptation to just chat to the other candidates.
Throughout the exercise they will observe your ability to work in a team and the type of leadership style you demonstrate. They will also be noting how you negotiate with your peers and how you get your point across.
Remember: good team working is about working together cooperatively to achieve a common goal. You can demonstrate leadership within the team by:
You may be asked as a group to use equipment or materials to make something - a tower, using only straws and string, for example. The assessors are usually more interested in how the group interacts than in the outcome of the task. They will also be assessing your planning and problem-solving skills and the creativity of your individual ideas. Get involved, however trivial you consider the task to be.
You may be asked to take part in a leaderless discussion or in a role-playing exercise which simulates a professional scenario. You will usually be given a briefing pack and be asked to play a particular part. You may have to act out the role either with the other candidates or with the assessors either one-on-one or in a group. The assessors are looking for your individual contribution as well as your communication and influencing skills.
Use the following tips to help you prepare:
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